Messi key in Barcelona's latest title

Messi key in Barcelona's latest title

It is a great year for them, winning the Copa has its merits, La Liga a bit more, and winning the Champions League could be the same as both, and maybe a little more, depending on for who.

Barcelona were crowned La Liga champions after they beat Deportivo La Coruna and can go the league season unbeaten if they avoid defeat in their final four games. "The title is not decided by a couple of games but by many, we have been chasing it since the start and we have been top of the table since the start".

He gained more freedom after Neymar left as coach Ernesto Valverde switched from a 4-3-3 formation to a 4-4-2, adding an extra midfielder.

Barca finally saw off their stubborn hosts, though, as Messi pounced after a brilliant one-two with Luis Suarez before slotting in to complete his 30th La Liga treble. However, a Lionel Messi free-kick dashed Atletico's hopes and allowed Barcelona to remain undisputed league leaders.

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"It's a very special Liga in that sense, because we haven't lost a single match".

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As is customary at such games, the Barcelona players donned celebratory t-shirts in the wake of the match. "We went through hard times but we overcame it all without losing any matches and that's incredible".

It was the 25th La Liga title for Barcelona, moving within eight of record-holder Real Madrid.

The three goals Sunday let Messi take the lead in the Golden Boot race, surpassing the 31 goals scored by Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in the Premier League.

Messi's low point came in Barcelona's elimination by Roma in the Champions League quarterfinals after it had won the first leg at home 4-1.

"It was a very unexpected result for us", Messi said.

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